Dream Detroit Tigers starting lineup for the 2024 season

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Batting third: 1B Spencer Torkelson

Having played in all but three games in the 2023 season, Spencer Torkelson is setting himself up as one of the most reliable, go-to players on any Tigers roster, real or imagined. This year, he had a whopping 606 at-bats with 31 home runs, 94 RBI, and the fourth highest Tigers fWAR at 1.4. He also lent his glove to Miguel Cabrera during Miggy's last appearance at first in a passing-the-torch gesture that couldn't be more storybook.

Third in the order is a good spot for Torkelson; he was most well acquainted with third, despite being frequently shuffled over to second. Defensively, he had a few blips over the season with 11 errors, but he's tied with 2023 Gold Glover Dansby Swanson and finalist Francisco Lindor in that category, so it's not much to read into.

Torkelson was the first overall pick in the 2020 draft, and he seems on the cusp on something special. With his consistency and his clear ability to hit for power, not to mention Miguel Cabrera's stamp of approval, any Tigers lineup without him would feel incomplete. Hopefully, he'll be able to pick his batting average up a bit more next year, but he's given Tigers fans every reason to be optimistic.